Volunteers’ Week: anyone can volunteer with us!

We are over half way through Volunteers’ Week and we’ve had a great week so far celebrating the contributions volunteers make to KVIN. As a Visual Impairment Charity we focus on offering roles that are suitable for people with Visual Impairments but we also have a range of roles suitable for sighted volunteers.
Sighted volunteers are able to get involved in a variety of ways, from guiding service users to our drop-ins to admin to fundraising. Take a look at our range of roles to see how you can get involved. we offer roles flexibly and if you have any skills you think we might benefit from we would love to hear from you.

Our sighted volunteers are invaluable to us and are fully part of the team. Here we hear from two of our volunteers about why the volunteer with us and what they get out of it.

My name is Brian and I’m an IT support volunteer at KVIN’s Dewsbury Drop-in. I found out about KVIN volunteer opportunities through Volunteering Kirklees. I wanted to build on my CV experience and the accessible technology that is used really interested me. I have learnt a lot about the technology and can help others start using it when they lose their sight.
I have enjoyed making new people and making a difference to their quality of life. Its also increased my confidence.
I would recommend volunteering because of the benefits you get from helping others.

My name is Vivek and I have volunteered with KVIN since 2014 providing IT support in Huddersfield.
I found out about the volunteer role from the do-it.org.uk website which lists volunteering roles. I wanted to volunteer with KVIN to gain more experience in the field of IT but also to use my skills to help us.
I have really enjoyed helping and teaching others in my volunteer role. I troubleshoot IT problems and help solve problems for the people with Visual Impairments who come to the drop ins. I have learnt a lot about accessible technology which I didn’t know about before I volunteered. I also enjoy the openness of KVIN, how ideas are shared, and all volunteers’ ideas and opinions are treated with care and taken into account. Volunteers are the forefront of KVIN, everyone is treated with respect and all volunteers are valuable in the team.
I would encourage others to volunteer to gain experience, give back and make a positive impact to the lived of others.

A sighted volunteer assisting a visual impaired visitor with their phone.